Travel & Outdoor

AFAR October 2015

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United States
Afar Media, LLC
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
it’s a shoe-in

The Sabah colors—cobalt, camel, mint—were the first thing to catch my eye. But it was founder Mickey Ashmore’s refreshingly personal approach that sealed the deal: The shoes are stitched by hand in Gaziantep, Turkey, using a 1,000-year-old shoemaking technique, then are sold at shows around the world that are more like casual house parties. (You can also place an order through sabah.am.) After kicking around in a pair for a few weeks, I can honestly say that I never want to travel in anything else. They go with everything—I tried them with dresses, shorts, and jeans—and are almost slipperlike in their comfort. Most important, they’re leather, which means that a) they’ll form to your foot the more you wear them, and b) they breathe, so you can go sockless without…

1 min.
the artist has checked in

1 SWATCH ART PEACE HOTEL International artists live for stints of three to six months in this Shanghai hotel. The only thing required of them? They must leave a work behind. From $355. swatch-art-peacehotel.com 2 HOTEL FELLAH Stay in Marrakech’s artsiest hotel and you can hang with creatives, including directors, dancers, poets, and essayists, many of them rising Moroccan talents. From $186. fellah-hotel.com 3 ACE HOTEL NEW YORK Emerging writers, including Chelsea Hodson and Dale Peck, stay and explore a forgotten art form: the letter. They then leave the missives bedside for guests. From $299. acehotel.com/newyork…

1 min.
access granted

AFAR COLECTION – HOTELS & RESORTS – We love perks as much as you do. Book through the AFAR Collection online and see special offers that could include anything from a complimentary bottle of wine to a discounted rate. Rosewood Mayakoba Riviera Maya, Mexico Casa de las Olas Tulum, Mexico Las Alcobas Mexico City, Mexico Belmond Peru Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley Galley Bay Resort & Spa St. John’s, Antigua The Reefs Resort and Club Southampton, Bermuda Le Guanahani St. Barthélemy, French West Indies Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill St. Kitts Grace Bay Club Turks and Caicos Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado, Puerto Rico Aqua Wellness Resort Tola, Nicaragua Mandarin Oriental, Miami Miami, Florida XV Beacon Boston, Massachusetts Park Hyatt New York New York, New York Loews Regency Hotel New York, New York Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue New York, New York The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada The Resort at Paws Up Greenough, Montana AKA Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, California The Scarlet Huntington San…

1 min.
wing it

WHERE TO GO RIGHT NOW Ringed by peaks, including the 23,000-foot Mount Machhapuchhre, the trekking base of Pokhara, Nepal, is best seen from the sky. Pilots with Frontiers Paragliding fly tandem with guests, taking off from 4,800 feet above sea level to ride upward air currents, the same way birds do. Short trips are packed with adrenaline-pumping maneuvers, while the longest flights can stretch to two hours and take adventurers some 15 miles into the mountains north of the Pokhara Valley. From $82. nepal-paragliding.com…

2 min.
begin in dubai

AFAR TRAVEL ADVISORY COUNCIL The members of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council turn their eyes towards Africa, Asia, and the Middle East this month. A new day begins in Dubai WHETHER YOU ARE HEADED TO DUBAI FOR AFAR EXPERIENCES OR AT ANY OTHER TIME, YOU can take advantage of the fact that it’s home to Emirates, the world’s biggest airline. The carrier’s many flights make it a convenient jumping-of point to Africa, Asia, and the Indian Ocean. This month, AFAR’s Travel Advisors have created exciting multiday itineraries in this fascinating emirate, plus multicountry itineraries that combine a stay in Dubai with another extraordinary destination. Whether you are interested in a safari or the seashore, exploring Petra or Pagan, AFAR’s Travel Advisors will help you travel deeper. AFRICAN ADVENTURES Betty Jo Currie of Currie & Co. recommends…

1 min.
five ways to taste montreal

DERK RICHARDSON: “The wine bar Le Vin Papillon was my highlight. The meat in their white ham salad was so thinly sliced, it was almost the texture of lettuce. And we had a minerally organic white from the French Alps.” DAVINA BAUM: “I loved the Cul-Sec wine bar, which focuses on natural wines. And at Pullman, I had a trio of burgundies and amazing salumi.” DR: “That surprised me—seeing so many artisancured meats on the menus.” DB: “But not in the Mile End, the old Jewish quarter. That’s where the Montrealstyle bagels are. At St-Viateur Bagel, you can watch them go into the wood-fired oven via a conveyor belt. The most unusual thing we tried was horse carpaccio at Maison Publique.” DR: “It was smoked but not gamy.” DB: “It…